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Bears FB Evan Rodriguez’s duties still may change
Evan Rodriguez was listed as a fullback for the Bear’s minicamp and he practiced there throughout it, but that may change soon enough. A hybrid role could still very much be in his future.
“Given the numbers in this camp, we just made a football decision of where we wanted to use [Rodriguez] this week,” new Bears tight end coach Andy Bischoff said Thursday after the third day of on-the-field work at voluntary minicamp. “But we still certainly recognize his versatility. And we meet as a whole group so he’s able to grasp the concepts about the Y-position, the F-position. He’s able to get all that information.
“So because of the limited number of fullbacks in this camp, that’s where he’s spent his time this week. But we really see him as very versatile, and he’s had a very good camp also.”
General manager Phil Emery was very happy with offseason Rodriguez was having before he arrested in Miami for resisting arrest without violence in March. Rodriguez was training with receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in Florida this offseason.
“I certainly was disappointed in his arrest,” Emery said. “Certainly, Evan knows I was disappointed; he was re-educated with my expectations of a Chicago Bear off the field, and I certainly expect good things from him. He was in the middle of having a good offseason training with Brandon. He made an error as far as where he was at, time and place. Fortunately, there’s been no case going forward, but I was disappointed in him and he’s aware of that.”
There were some concerns about Rodriguez’s character when the Bears drafted him in 2012 as a tight end out of Temple. He was accused of felony assault at West Virginia after an alleged altercation with a female residence hall advisor. He then transferred.
Bischoff said Rodriguez has been very “low maintenance” during minicamp. Bischoff sees a very motivated player.
“He’s in the meetings. His eyes are wide open. He’s sitting right with the group with a smile on his face,” Bischoff said. “It’s not that we didn’t expect it, but it’s been a very, very positive start in terms of just the demeanor of all the guys are playing themselves. He’s no different.”